US President Barack Obama formally endorses Hillary Clinton for president
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USÂ President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary
Clintonâ€™s White House bid on
Thursday and called for the Democratic Party to unite
behind her after a protracted battle with Bernie Sanders for the
Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said it
â€œmeans the worldâ€ to her that Obama
has her back.
The endorsement increases pressure on Sanders, a
USÂ senator from Vermont, to concede the race so the
party can focus on campaigning against Donald Trump, the Republican
presumptive nominee for theNovÂ 8 election.
â€œIt is absolutely a joy and an
honour that President Obama and I over the years have gone from
fierce competitors to true friends,â€ Clinton told
Reuters in an interview.
Obama defeated Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary and she
went on to serve as secretary of state in his first
Obama, who enjoys strong approval ratings after nearly eight
years in office, will campaign with Clinton next week in Wisconsin,
her campaign said.
â€œI donâ€™t think
thereâ€™s ever been someone so qualified to hold
this office,â€ Obama said of Clinton in a video.
â€œIâ€™m with her. I am fired up,
and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for
Hillary,â€ Obama said.
Obama had been expected to support Clinton since she won
enough delegates this week to clinch the Democratic nomination and
become the first woman to lead a major USÂ party as its
Sanders, who met with Obama at the White House earlier
on Thursday, said
afterward he would work with Clinton to defeat Trump. Sanders said,
however, that he would stay in the race to compete in the final
Democratic primary vote in Washington, DC, on June